The key to survival is early detection.
Regular self examination looking for new or changing moles is crucial.
The 3 important indicators of melanoma are:
- Irregular border
- Colour variation.
It is also the most serious form of skin cancer and if not detected early, can be fatal.
Statistics at a glance
- Melanoma is the third most common form of cancer in Australian men and women (10% of all cancers)
- There are more than 12,500 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in Australia every year
- Melanoma makes up a small percentage of all skin cancers (only 2.3%) but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths.
- The good news is that melanoma is often identifiable at an early stage where simple surgical treatment can result in complete cure.
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The stories and outcomes from our Case Studies series to highlight the importance of early discovery and treatment of skin conditions for optimum outcomes.
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What to look for:
Review by a dermatologist is recommended if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:
|A = Asymmetry
One half is unlike the other half.
|B = Border
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
C = Colour
D = Diameter
E = Evolving
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.